Soft Skills: The software developer's life manual (Paperback)

John Sonmez





Soft Skills: The software developer's life manual is a unique guide, offering techniques and practices for a more satisfying life as a professional software developer. In it, developer and life coach John Sonmez addresses a wide range of important "soft" topics, from career and productivity to personal finance and investing, and even fitness and relationships, all from a developer-centric viewpoint.


Forewords by Robert C. Martin (Uncle Bob) and Scott Hanselman.

Purchase of the print book includes a free eBook in PDF, Kindle, and ePub formats from Manning Publications.

About the Book

For most software developers, coding is the fun part. The hard bits are dealing with clients, peers, and managers, staying productive, achieving financial security, keeping yourself in shape, and finding true love. This book is here to help.

Soft Skills: The software developer's life manual is a guide to a well-rounded, satisfying life as a technology professional. In it, developer and life coach John Sonmez offers advice to developers on important "soft" subjects like career and productivity, personal finance and investing, and even fitness and relationships. Arranged as a collection of 71 short chapters, this fun-to-read book invites you to dip in wherever you like. A Taking Action section at the end of each chapter shows you how to get quick results. Soft Skills will help make you a better programmer, a more valuable employee, and a happier, healthier person.

What's Inside

  • Boost your career by building a personal brand
  • John's secret ten-step process for learning quickly
  • Fitness advice to turn your geekiness to your advantage
  • Unique strategies for investment and early retirement

About the Author

John Sonmez is a developer, teacher, and life coach who helps technical professionals boost their careers and live a more fulfilled life.

Table of Contents

  1. Why this book is unlike any book you've ever read
  2. Getting started with a "BANG!": Don't do what everyone else does
  3. Thinking about the future: What are your goals?
  4. People skills: You need them more than you think
  5. Hacking the interview
  6. Employment options: Enumerate your choices
  7. What kind of software developer are you?
  8. Not all companies are equal
  9. Climbing the corporate ladder
  10. Being a professional
  11. Freedom: How to quit your job
  12. Freelancing: Going out on your own
  13. Creating your first product
  14. Do you want to start a startup?
  15. Working remotely survival strategies
  16. Fake it till you make it
  17. Resumes are BORING—Let's fix that
  18. Don't get religious about technology
  19. Marketing basics for code monkeys
  20. Building a brand that gets you noticed
  21. Creating a wildly successful blog
  22. Your primary goal: Add value to others
  23. #UsingSocialNetworks
  24. Speaking, presenting, and training: Speak geek
  25. Writing books and articles that attract a following
  26. Don't be afraid to look like an idiot
  27. Learning how to learn: How to teach yourself
  28. My 10-step process
  29. Steps 1-6: Do these once
  30. Steps 7-10: Repeat these
  31. Looking for mentors: Finding your Yoda
  32. Taking on an apprentice: Being Yoda
  33. Teaching: Learn you want? Teach you must.
  34. Do you need a degree or can you "wing it?"
  35. Finding gaps in your knowledge
  36. It all starts with focus
  37. My personal productivity plan
  38. Pomodoro Technique
  39. My quota system: How I get way more done than I should
  40. Holding yourself accountable
  41. Multitasking dos and don'ts
  42. Burnout: I've got the cure!
  43. How you're wasting your time
  44. The importance of having a routine
  45. Developing habits: Brushing your code
  46. Breaking things down: How to eat an elephant
  47. The value of hard work and why you keep avoiding it
  48. Any action is better than no action
  49. What are you going to do with your paycheck?
  50. How to negotiate your salary
  51. Options: Where all the fun is
  52. Bits and bytes of real estate investing
  53. Do you really understand your retirement plan?
  54. The danger of debt: SSDs are expensive
  55. Bonus: How I retired at 33
  56. Why you need to hack your health
  57. Setting your fitness criteria
  58. Thermodynamics, calories, and you
  59. Motivation: Getting your butt out of the chair
  60. How to gain muscle: Nerds can have bulging biceps
  61. How to get hash-table abs
  62. Starting RunningProgram.exe
  63. Standing desks and other hacks
  64. Tech gear for fitness: Geeking out
  65. How the mind influences the body
  66. Having the right mental attitude: Rebooting
  67. Building a positive self-image: Programming your brain
  68. Love and relationships: Computers can't hold your hand
  69. My personal success book list
  70. Facing failure head-on
  71. Parting words